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Marquetry Upgrade on my Desk Doors

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Project by shipwright posted 294 days ago 1583 views 6 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the first few projects that I posted on Lumberjocks when I joined back in 2010 was a new desk I had made for my office. I was very pleased with the router marquetry I had done on the doors at the time and in all fairness I still like them but the challenge was there to use my improved marquetry skills and tools to do a little upgrading….................... I do love a challenge.

I got the new ones hung a couple of days ago and thought I’d post them as a project on their own. There are two more copies of this marquetry as it was cut in piece by piece in four layer packets but as they are being treated differently I’ll post them separately in a few days when they’re done.

The marquetry is of course all cut on the chevalet, the glue is of course all hot hide and the finish is of course French polish. The last photo is the shot of my boat Friendship and since that’s me at the helm, I guess these are self portraits (at a distance).

There’s not much story here except for the saga of my marquetry adventure of the last couple of years so I’ll leave it at that. If you are interested in the production of this piece I did a blog on it here.

Thanks for looking in.

Paul

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/





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Woodwrecker

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#1 posted 294 days ago

No doubt about it Paul, you have that style of artful Marquetry down perfectly.

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 294 days ago

Paul,

Very nice recap on the subject.

I think you have done a wonderful job putting it all together…

Thank you very much for sharing.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Patricelejeune

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#3 posted 294 days ago

You are really good at those boat marquetries

-- Patrice lejeune

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tinnman65

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#4 posted 294 days ago

Beautiful work Paul, The details are amazing. I,m getting real serious about building one of those Chevalet thingy ma jigy’s :) I think it will improve my marquetry and I can join in the fun at the Chevalet Clubhouse!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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Nate Meadows

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#5 posted 294 days ago

Paul,

Again, I am humbled by your skill, craft, eye and talent! I absolutely love seeing your work. You are so inspiring…you really have no idea!

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 294 days ago

Very nice, Paul!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 294 days ago

From novice to master. Beautiful Marquetry!

-- Dennis Zongker

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 294 days ago

Wow! That’s a big improvement. Amazing how much your skills have advanced since the original doors! (and they weren’t shabby)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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cathyb

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#9 posted 294 days ago

Wow! Pretty impressive sir! I can’t help but to be amazed by the numbers you included on the side of the boat. That’s a detail most people would choose to omit. Super nice!!!!!!

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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peteg

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#10 posted 294 days ago

We have come to expect nothing but the best from what ever you tackle Paul, fabulous take of from your photo.
Well done againg my friend :)
pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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lightweightladylefty

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#11 posted 294 days ago

Paul,

You never disappoint us! Your marquetry just keeps getting better and better—more and more detailed. Wonderful upgrade. Can’t wait to see what you did with the rest of the pieces.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Woodbridge

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#12 posted 294 days ago

Your marquetry work is beautiful.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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MichaelA

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#13 posted 294 days ago

This is that piece with great contrast of woods showing the hillside spotted with trees and the sharp cut of the bank as it enters the water. The grain formation was tight adding to the depth and as it comes forward it opens up as it nears the ship. then the ship and sails are awesome. Even the rigging is tight as it should be. Paul you are very precise and take into the detail of all the components involved. Then you top it off with super craftsmanship!!!! Always a pleasure to see your art!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#14 posted 294 days ago

Impressive work!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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JR45

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#15 posted 293 days ago

Superb work Paul. What’s next? Maybe a chart to cover the top of the desk?!
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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